Mental health carer support in the ACT
Carers ACT provides a range of supports for mental health carers. Support and information offered includes:
- The 5 Ways to Wellbeing Carers ACT is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing initiative. It is an introduction to five simple and effective ways to improve our psychological and emotional health that are based on extensive international research.
- Carer Gateway provides a range of services and supports delivered both in person and online.
- Counselling – if you are feeling stressed, anxious, sad or frustrated, a counsellor can talk with you either in person or over the phone in the comfort of your own home.
- Connect with other carers – you might like to meet with people like you who care for someone and share stories, knowledge and experience. You can do this with people in your area or you can join the carer forum online.
- Respite Care – if you get sick or hurt and you cannot look after someone, emergency respite services can help you. Service providers will find ways to look after the person you care for while you have a break. Planned respite care can also help you plan for regular breaks to rest and recharge.
- Self-guided coaching – you can work through interactive online coaching sessions at your own pace. You can find a range of topics to help you in your caring role.
- Skills courses – you can use these short online courses to help you to learn new skills in caring for someone and yourself.
- Practical help and advice or information on the Carer Gateway web pages.
You don’t have to know exactly what to ask for – you can just talk through any problems you are having, and Carer Gateway staff will try to match you with services that can help. Call 1800 422 737
Mental Health Carer Support Groups
Carers ACT hosts two carer support groups a month, one on the south side and one on the north side. These groups provide an opportunity for you to talk freely about how your caring situation impacts on your life. If you are interested in learning more about these groups, please call Carers ACT on 6296 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Eating Disorders Families Australia runs a monthly online support group for carers in the ACT.
- Skills for Carers CIT – CIT Skills for Carers provides flexible training for family carers in the ACT. Training is available through short courses, workshops or on an individual basis. There are no fees for this training. Phone (02) 6207 3628 or email: CarerSkills@cit.edu.au
- ADACAS – for advocacy phone (02) 6242 5060
- Online groups and pages that are peer support groups of consumers and carers that are mental disorder specific
- Online forums to chat with other mental health carers